In the second of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-29) and the San Diego Padres (20-29) at Chase Field, Zack Greinke (5-3, 4.59 ERA) and Cesar Vargas (0-2, 3.34 ERA) get the ball. The Padres won the last game 10-3, and San Diego leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 10:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 28 and will air on FSAZ and FSSD.
In his most recent outing, Greinke pitched 8.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking one in a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals. Jake Lamb (.280, 23 Rs, 7 HRs, 24 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Padres were victorious over the Dodgers 3-2 the last time Vargas pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out seven and walking one. Melvin Upton Jr. (.257, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Padres, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are Diamondbacks -200 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI
The Padres currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 10-18, and the Diamondbacks have a 10-14 record.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Padres who are coming in with a 10-2 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 2-20. The Padres have a 6-21 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, San Diego has hit 45 this season. Arizona ranks 10th with 57 home runs.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.46 per game. Arizona ranks in the top five at fourth with 9.53.
Ranking 29th, San Diego is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.647). Arizona ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .773.
When the Padres allow at least one home run, they are 10-17. When the Diamondbacks allow one or more homers, they have a 7-25 record.